Definition of peculiarly in English:



  • 1as submodifier More than usually; especially.

    ‘some patients were peculiarly difficult to cure’
    • ‘A commonplace observation on my part, a piece of naïveté perhaps, but this fact has been peculiarly neglected in so many recent commentaries about violence on the screen.’
    • ‘He writes openly and very simply about his struggles with faith, explaining, for example, how he has always found prayer and Bible reading peculiarly difficult.’
    • ‘To be subject to such tyrants is, moreover, a peculiarly terrible fate, since one cannot escape servitude by running away.’
    • ‘It never ceases to amaze me just how peculiarly idiotic the occasional individual can be.’
    • ‘He ended up in jail because he was peculiarly stubborn, and quite possibly also stupid, but mostly because he was unlucky.’
    • ‘But for all the speeches, the acres of coverage and hours of TV footage, marking the anniversary proved a peculiarly difficult task.’
    • ‘He pulled his cigarette spiritlessly, and his voice was peculiarly dead and monotonous.’
    • ‘Added to this, there is something peculiarly odd about sports fans - football fans in particular.’
    • ‘However, despite its very good intentions, the museum seems peculiarly ill-equipped to deal with the difficult questions raised by recent events.’
    • ‘While the other threads were developed and resolved, leaving one rather exhausted and peculiarly unsatisfied, this one remained outstanding, haunting the reader's memory.’
    • ‘Judging the actual records of these ministers is a peculiarly difficult task, since it involves working with the figures they themselves provided, figures which may have been accidentally or deliberately misleading.’
    • ‘This is not a role for which Latin and Greek are unusually appropriate, but neither are they peculiarly inappropriate.’
    • ‘This is so peculiarly unfair and denies our legitimate free right of way, that we are not likely to be deterred from being taken to court to dispute your estimate.’
    • ‘In my view, the relationship with Linda was so difficult and so peculiarly distressing upon him, that it heightened those personality weaknesses.’
    • ‘The industry's unpopularity makes its stocks peculiarly appealing now, particularly if we're on the cusp of a new bull market.’
    exceptionally, particularly, specially, very, extremely, singularly, peculiarly, distinctly, unusually, extraordinarily, extra, uncommonly, uniquely, remarkably, strikingly, outstandingly, amazingly, incredibly, awfully, terribly, really, unwontedly, notably, markedly, decidedly, surprisingly, conspicuously, signally
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  • 2In an unusual way; oddly.

    ‘the town is peculiarly built’
    • ‘We also found a smashing exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (which appears, peculiarly, not to have a working website), mostly consisting of temporary rooms and buildings buried in sand.’
    • ‘It was probably the unusual and peculiarly charming gait thus presented that attracted the sculptor's notice and that still, after so many centuries, riveted the eyes of its archaeological admirer.’
    • ‘Recently, I was watching a cable channel that programs fashion shows almost continuously and noticed that the long-legged models prancing in high heels seem to walk peculiarly.’
    • ‘However, they have to reverse out of a small, narrow and peculiarly shaped space and it's not going to be easy.’
    • ‘The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself.’
    • ‘One day, when I was in my teens, I wanted something new to read, so I went into the study and looked around on my parents's bookshelves and found this peculiarly titled book.’
    exceptionally, particularly, specially, especially, very, extremely, singularly, peculiarly, distinctly
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  • 3Used to emphasize restriction to an individual or group.

    as submodifier ‘the peculiarly British hobby of brass rubbing’
    • ‘In person he is hugely entertaining, with that peculiarly American combination of self-confidence and impeccable manners.’
    • ‘They are the ones who haven't shaved, who slouch in a peculiarly English manner, who are not dealing with the heatwave by wearing khaki shorts.’
    • ‘I don't know whether or not this is a peculiarly Australian characteristic, but I have no doubt that in this country, people have a deep aversion to believing that their government is incompetent.’
    • ‘It conveys a tension between courtesy and awkwardness that is peculiarly English, as Motion mumbled a humiliating ‘thank you’ to his tormentors after they grew tired of bullying him.’
    • ‘Rapidly, without my parents becoming aware of it, or my even knowing it, this peculiarly English territory, became my favourite hang-out spot.’
    • ‘My appreciation for all things peculiarly British, let alone particular to the westcountry, rose a notch yesterday whilst sat at Taunton station waiting for the bus to Minehead.’
    • ‘It was supposed to be a panacea for the jobless, founded on the peculiarly European notion that if more people work less (but keep the same salaries as when they worked more) lots of good jobs will be created.’
    • ‘If you've never experienced the joys of this peculiarly British institution, they are basically an excuse for people with too much time on their hands to wield a little bit of power, in an attempt to brighten up their empty little lives.’
    • ‘The impression is thereby given that an emphasis on revival is a peculiarly Welsh phenomenon.’
    • ‘University education is a benefit that accrues peculiarly to the individual.’
    • ‘It is a conceit to pretend that New Year festivities are somehow peculiarly Scottish though there were particular reasons for their retention and the special regard in which they were held.’
    • ‘Instead she has chosen to gather a harvest more distinctively and peculiarly her own, a decision that sounds more sensible with each subsequent listen.’
    • ‘It's taken me nearly thirty-two years, but I think that I have finally come to truly appreciate the peculiarly British (minus Scottish) institution that is the Bank Holiday.’
    • ‘Group participation is a peculiarly Chinese characteristic of the back-to-nature movement.’
    • ‘If we allow this ban to go through unopposed, we are giving the government permission to criminalise people who pursue an activity that most people disapprove of on no better grounds than a peculiarly British snobbery.’
    • ‘It does not tell us why or how a particular want can have, among all of a person's desires, the special property of being peculiarly his own.’